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Labor, Education & Pensions Legislative Alerts
By Casey Given Labor wonks and sweet tooths alike are on the edge of their seat as Hostess Brands’ labor drama continues to play out. After months of negotiation with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), Hostess announced last Friday that it was ceasing all operations after “a nationwide strike [...]
While the national limelight shone on Wisconsin’s last spring, a similar drama unfolded more quietly to the west. After decades of fiscal recklessness, the Gem State decided to make a dent in the state’s $2.78 billion unfunded public pension and health care liabilities — an amount almost double that of Wisconsin’s.
The Chicago Teachers Union’s (CTU) current strike underscores the desperate need for a new approach to educating our youth. There must be an increased accountability for teachers coupled with the freedom for parents to choose the most appropriate school for their children. CTU claims that the Chicago Public School system’s recent attempt to increase teacher [...]
Increasing dependence on government programs is not the path out of poverty. A better way to help the truly vulnerable is to empower them to earn success through developing skills that are relevant in the workforce. Instead of cutting work requirements, lawmakers should expand them to similar state-based welfare programs.
By Casey Given In theory, almost all 50 states have a legal limit on how much fast their government can grow. These ceilings, known as tax and expenditure limits (TEL), typically requires legislatures to submit a balanced budget and sometimes even stipulates a maximum amount they can spend in a given year. But, in practice, [...]